Job Actor
Years active 1907-56
Known for Corrupt politicians and businessmen
Top Roles Joe Lorgan, Jim Taylor, Anthony P. Kirby, Diamond Jim Brady, Big Bill Barton
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Musical, Crime, Film Adaptation
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Comic), Politics
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Producer), (Producer)
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Edward Arnold Overview:

Legendary character actor, Edward Arnold, was born Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider on Feb 18, 1890 in New York City, NY. Arnold died at the age of 66 on Apr 26, 1956 in Encino, CA and was laid to rest in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, CA.


Portly heavy-headed Edward Arnold was a character star who started out playing cowboy heroes in two-reel westerns during the early silent film era. After a 12-year absence from films (to instead act on stage), he returned to Hollywood to become famous as Diamond Jim and detective Nero Wolfe, and other expansive, larger-than-life figures. Later, as his girth widened and his eyes narrowed, Arnold specialized in playing corrupt politicians and businessmen, remaining a top featured player until his death.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Recording. Edward Arnold's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #62 on Jan 6, 1942. Arnold was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Edward Arnold Quotes:

Anthony P. Kirby: So you're the one that's been holding up my deal, eh?
Grandpa Vanderhoff: It's kind of funny, isn't it?
Anthony P. Kirby: What's funny about it?
Grandpa Vanderhoff: Well, the idea of your engineering this whole thing and being caught in your own trap.
Anthony P. Kirby: Maybe it won't be so funny when I take that house away from you.

Josie Mansfield: [after receiving an expensive necklace from him] Mr. Fisk, what do you expect me to be?
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: [Pausing and dropping his eyes] Whatever you want to be.

James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: [Preparing to enter a festive room] Are you ready?
Josie Mansfield: I'm frightened to death.
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: You're in the circle now. You've got the prettiest feathers in the room. Now spread 'em.

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Portrayed a different president each week on ABC Radio's "Mr. President" (1947-1953).

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A lifelong conservative Republican and staunch anti-communist, he was nonetheless an early and ardent opponent of the studio blacklisting of suspected communists.

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